Thanks for your elaboration, @martine.
Just to clarify my prior point, though… There is no requirement for the elector to part with their pledge. My point was that regardless of the names that appears on the printed ballot, the party that receives the votes can have different names for their candidates and have their electors pledge to vote for those names.
Consider this scenario:
- Jo’s name is on the printed ballot in a few weeks in states where ballots may already be printed
- Jo withdraws and the LP replaces her with a different, eligible-for-office
- The LP electors pledge to vote for this
- Voters on election day vote for the Libertarian ballot line (which happens to still have Jo’s name)
- The LP electors in the electoral college, having been activated by the voters selecting the Libertarian ballot item, cast their vote for the
In this way, the electors keep their pledge, electoral college access to the
[new ticket] is preserved, and the physical ballot printing is irrelevant.
If you think I’ve gotten a detail of the process wrong, please let me know and let’s figure it out.